How To Buy A Car At Auction

5. Pull the Dipsticks

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If a car has been well-maintained, when you pull the oil or transmission fluid dipsticks the lubricants should be clear and clean.

6. Check the VIN

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Write down the VIN from the base of the windshield for any car you’re considering. Then check other places where the VIN might appear, such as door and trunk lid stickers. If the numbers don’t match, the car may have been in a major accident and rebuilt. Look for more promising alternatives.